FFOSS (Freeware/Free & Open Source Software) Friday

by Todd Ogasawara

Here's a summary of Mac Freeware & Free & Open Source Software (F/FOSS) discussed last week in my personal blog.

This Mac OS X freeware lets you use pattern matching to quickly rename a large number of files.


It lets you preview the effects of the pattern search and change before executing it.

Dia - Open Source Diagramming Tool for Windows & Linux
I have to admit that I like Microsoft Visio and prefer to use it when a licensed copy is availble. However, if one is not available for you, you might want to take a look at the Open Source diagramming tool...


It is available for Linux and Windows (no Mac OS X version from what I can tell). Has anyone ported this to Mac OS X? Or is there something similar in the Open Source/Freeware realm for the Mac?

Mozilla SeaMonkey 1.1
The SeaMonkey community at Mozilla.org announced the release of...

SeaMonkey 1.1

SeaMonkey is the offshoot of the all-in-one Mozilla Suite that included a browser, email client, HTML editor, and IRC client in a single unit.

I prefer using Mozilla's Firefox browser and Thunderbird email client myself. But, I've recommended SeaMonkey to a few people who liked the old Mozilla all-in-one format.

Here's a link to the SeaMonkey What's New page.

OpenOffice.org 2.1
OpenOffice.org version 2.1 was released a few days ago. You can find the Release Notes here. This Open Source office suite includes a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, database, and drawing program.

It uses the OpenDocument XML file format as its default file format. However, it can read and write Office 2003 or older Microsoft Office files. I'm guessing that it cannot (yet) read the new Office 2007 file format.

Note that if you plan to run it under Mac OS X, you...

If you have freeware or Open Source software to recommend for Mac users, please post it in a response here (or email the information to me if you prefer to remain anonymous).


Todd Ogasawara
2007-01-26 08:15:35
Anonymous: Sometimes these weekly summary lists can get long. So, I usually just truncate the same place my blogging software truncates. You can click on the subject-line-link to see the full blog entry.

2007-01-26 08:19:29
you... What?
2007-01-26 08:56:22
Apparently, it IS possible to compile Dia on OS X, in Fink, but it appears to not be for the squeemish.

Instructions here from the Dia FAQ.

2007-02-15 05:58:40
Instead of OpenOffice I prefer NeoOffice. It a branch from OpenOffice. It run's native in OS X without using X11. This makes the user experience much better!